Well, not going to repeat the same story, so you can see why this tank is in dis-repair if you go over to my 10 gallon journal. Needless to say, Sandy destroyed a good 75% of the total plants and animals I had in my aquariums. Not exactly happy, but not going to let it stop me either.
From the ashes of the old, something new will arise (hoping in my case that this something new will be an aflame sword....more on that later)
The link will provide you with a basic understanding of what this tank used to be. Sure, it wasn't great, but it never really was completed in the first place. This definitely has set me many steps back in terms of my plant keeping, but even worse is what it did to my fish.
I had lost my blood parrot that I have had for 6 years now, along with a pleco I had that was one of my first fish in this tank. Both were mine since they were little, and way before my planted tank days. I'm really going to miss them both :'( I also lost the geophagus brasiliensis that is in my avatar, along with all of my angels and most of my pearl goruamis *sigh*
Currently, here is the list of fish that I have living in this tank.
Herotilapia multispinosa – “Rainbow Cichlid” x3 @4”
Trichopodus leerii – “Pearl Gourami” x2:0 @4”
Polypterus endlicheri endlicheri – “Endli Bichir” @15”
Polypterus senegalus – “Senegal Bichir” @8”
As it currently stands, the only fish additions I know I am going to do for sure are increase my pearl gourami group so that I end up with a 3:3 group. I have been tinkering around with the idea of adding another 3 rainbow cichlids so that I can get a dominant pair to form, but I am also open to the idea of just leaving the 3 alone as they are, although I think preferably I'd like the pair thing more.
I'm also considering having a pair of bristlenose or medusa plecos, or just a single of either one, but that is dependant upon my finding plecos of these species that are a decent size.
As far as focal point fish are concerned, I've been playing with the idea of adding a school/group of swordtails or some sort of larger bodied characin/bard, but that is dependant upon price and the likelyhood of their becoming a meal for the 15" bichir I have lurkin' in the tank. I'm also considering what cichlid options I want to pursue (because the main point of this tank was to have fish I like AND plants I like), and if there are any oddball fish that I might like.
So far, I'm considering having some fire mouths or some jack dempsey mutations (someone on another forum might sell a gold to me), but I want to see what I come across locally first. I'm also open to the idea of a black ghost knife or an african brown knife as well.
Anyways, I did begin the rebuilding process on this tank today. I took the old eco complete from the 10 gallon I had, rinsed it off, and added it to this tank since it needed some more depth in the back.
Here is the current list of plants
Glossotigma elatinoides – “Glosso” (new)
Nymphaea zenkeri - “Red Tiger Lotus”
Nymphoides aquatic – “Banana Plant” x2 (one of them is barely hanging in there)
Echinodorus sp. – “Aflame Amazon Sword” (new)
Echinodorus sp. – “Rose Sword” (new)
Myriophyllum sp. – “Unknown” (new)(made a thread asking for ID)
Limnophia aromatica (new)
Echinodorus sp. – “Red Rubin Sword” (new)
Microsorum pteropus – “Java Fern Windelov”
Taxiphyllum sp. - “Peacock Moss” (new)
Anubias barteri – “Petite Anubias” x1
Anubias barteri - “Broad-Leaf Anubias” x1
Anubias barteri - “Coffeefolia” x1
Anubias barteri - “Anubias Nana” x1
Anubias afzelii - “Long Leaf Anubias” x2
Anything that is not new is basically bare, and I'm just hoping it will be able to come back in time.
I do have plans for more plants, but that I will post in time. For now, here are some pics of how this stands currently.
Expect to see me all over the Swap and Shop in the coming months. Between these two tanks, I have a lot of plants to make up for.